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Thousands raised for Olivia Fairclough after Egypt horse accident

Olivia Fairclough before her accident and in a hospital bed Image copyright Fairclough family
Image caption Olivia Fairclough moved to Egypt in February 2015

More than £8,000 has been raised in two days to help a Teesside woman who could be paralysed after being crushed by a horse in Cairo.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, from Eaglescliffe, requires urgent surgery on her back amid fears she may never walk again.

Her family are trying to raise £32,000 to pay for treatment and her transport home.

Her brother Trevor said they were in a "blind panic".

More than 300 people have donated to the online appeal in the two days since it was set up.

Mr Fairclough said: "As soon as we reach our minimum target we can have Olivia back in the North East with our family under 24-hour care in a matter of hours.

"Olivia is feeling very isolated at the moment and is petrified at the thought of becoming permanently paralysed."

Ms Fairclough moved to Egypt in February 2015 to work at a stable.

Her brother said she did have medical insurance but it expired in February this year and she had not renewed it.

He told BBC Tees: "It's an easy mistake to make. At the minute Olivia is borderline critical, she's very much in pain and needs urgent surgery on her back.

"We believe a lower vertebra of her spine is broken, the chances are she will never walk again."

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